MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, October 1, 2015

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Roland Boutique Synths unboxing JX-03 JU-06 JP-08

Published on Oct 1, 2015 Ed Diaz

"Hi everyone,
In this video I want to share the experience of opening the Roland Boutique Synths for the very first time. I hope you enjoy this video as much as I did. I'm a little goofy in the vid, but that was my honest reaction."

Roland JD-Xi Crossover Digital Analog Hybrid Synthesizer with Original Box

via this auction

1984 Sequential Circuits Prophet T8 Analog Synthesizer

Published on Oct 1, 2015 kholt420

"Walk-through of repairs and demonstration of 1984 Sequential Circuits Prophet T8"

An extensive overview of the keyboard mechanism and internals of the Prophet T8.

via this auction

"This unit was manufactured in 1984 and is serial # 1008-000628"

"The after-touch pressure sensors are currently not working well but parts are available for $1,100 and installation is straightforward. Please COMMUNICATE whether your offer is WITH or WITHOUT having brand-new (not old-stock) after-touch pressure sensors installed prior to purchase and delivery. We will need a few extra days to perform and test the installation but the current owner has elected not to spend so much additional refurbishment cost without a committed buyer."

Vintage Crumar Bit One Hybrid 61 Key Synthesizer (1984)

via this auction

"Fully functional, all keys, sliders, buttons, knobs, wheels, jacks, ports in full 100% order. Aside from a few light surface marks in the rear, synthesizer is in Excellent cosmetic condition. Was cleaned and battery replaced by authorized tech, this passed summer.
Display nice and bright, all controls fully responsive, sound nice and full.

One thing to note is that the Bit One displayed a characteristic where there's a slight but audible white noise from the headphone jack. This is due to the amp circuitry on the headphone jack, this is not audible from the main outs. Nice clean sound from main outs."

Korg Poly-800 SN 047215

via this auction

ESI-4000 Classic Lowpass Filter with LFO & Envelope Modulation

Published on Oct 1, 2015 TheDaydreamSound

"A whole lot of LFO & a whole lot of modulation makes this filter even better than it already is. Although the E-MU ESI4000 has a number of filter types on it the filter feature in this video is the classic low pass filter from the ESI-32."

hacked - all FS1R Track by a bunch of freqs

Martin Hannett Transcendent Synth No 5

via this auction

"One of Martin Hannett's Transcendents No 5 in it's original flight case, tested and fully working- Hannett first used Transcendents in 1978 on Durutti Column and Joy Division records. This is one of the best from Hannett's collection and fully working and refurbished . Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division 1979 featured a Transcendent as did The Return of The Durutti Column. Hannett pioneered the use of synths on punk records and created the Manchester sound. He also worked his magic on The Happy Mondays U2 and The Stone Roses, Nico, Pauline Murray and John Cooper Clarke. Will include a copy of Hannett's manual for his Transcendents and a certificate of provenance"

Serge Format Ian Fritz Modular Synth Panel

via this auction:

"Selling an amazing panel for your Serge-format system. All built by me from Bridechamber kits where possible, cermet pots on VCOs etc. Passed to pro-builder thebadproducer for checking, calibration and wiring.

In perfect working condition.

Comes with male 4-pin xlr on the back for power as I have a RandomSource supply. Holes in the side are pre-drilled for rack ears from Takachi (ears not included, but I can point you in their direction!).

Verbos COMPLEX OSCILLATOR // Dopefer SEM Filter // Roland JD-XA // CLOUDS // miniature 54

Published on Oct 1, 2015 LESINDES

"The this Buchla 259 replica is doing a very good job also here when it is coupled with an OBERHEIM SEM FILTER REPLICA from DOEPFER, called A-106-5. Finally enhanced with MUTABLE INSTRUMENTS CLOUDS reverb echo. Underlaying some ROLAND JD-XA pads."

Barton Digital Hi Hat Demo

Published on Oct 1, 2015 boogdish

"This is a demo for BMC36 Digital Hi Hat. This is a PIC based DIY synthesizer module. If you're building a synthesizer system and would like to build one of these for yourself, please visit"

"This is a PIC based percussion module which is loosely modeled on the hi-hat. It features seperate Decay and Pitch controls for Open/Close modes and a master Shape control which mixes between a linear or logarithmic decay. This module is also compatable with the BMC003X Expander for using external CV for all of it's parameters."

Hordijk Dual ENV Gate Feedback Demo

Published on Oct 1, 2015 d4nnyp

"Demo of a patch where you feed the ENV A output back into gate to get ENV A to complete all stages from a trigger. In this patch ENV A modulates the Pitch and ENV B modules the VCA. the stages of ENV A are modulated from a couple of S&H + an LFO. Env B is modulated from the S&H too. ENV B provides the trigger. I tried to show the routing in the matrix but my camera is rubbish and you can't really see it. its easy enough if you think about it though: mult the env a output and mix with the trig and send to gate in."

Kilpatrick Audio Phenol - Patch 006 - Audio Divider

Published on Oct 1, 2015 DiscoverNoise

"DiscoverNoise 008-
Kilpatrick Audio Phenol Patch 006-

In this video, I show what happens if you put the pulse wave from Phenols OSC 1 through the audio divider and feed two outputs of the divider into the hp-filter. To show the difference, the pulse wave not running through the audio divider is shown first.
For more infos check out the patchsheet attached below.
Sequencing is, as in videos before, done with the Arturia Beatstep.


Moog Announces the New Mother-32 | Semi-Modular Analog Synthesizer

Published on Oct 1, 2015 Moog Music Inc

"Mother-32 is a distinctively vintage-voiced semi-modular analog performance and production synthesizer. It is meticulously handcrafted to inspire unique sound creation, new music and endless sonic exploration.

During the prototype phase, Moog worked with 3 unique synthesists: Erika (Interdimensional Transmissions), Max Ravitz (Ghostly International), and Bana Haffar to produce a video that explores Mother-32’s vast capabilities. Through performance and sound design, each artist displays the extensive vocabulary found within Mother-32."

"The Mother-32 is mounted in a black, laser-etched extruded aluminum enclosure and finished with traditional wood sidepieces. The 100% analog instrument features a comprehensive voltage-controlled sequencer and 32-point analog patchbay.

Mother-32’s semi-modular design means that no patching is required to create powerful analog sound. This allows musicians of any experience level to quickly make music. Synthesists will enjoy exploring the extensive 32-point patchbay which unlocks truly expressive, unique and complex synthesis capabilities. The patchbay provides access to a wealth of sounds and functionality including an assignable CV output jack, MIDI to CV conversion, a second voltage-controlled mixer, sync, interconnectivity and expandability.

Onboard sound sources include a powerful 10-octave analog oscillator with variable pulse width, and an all-analog white noise generator. The signals from each are blended together by a voltage-controlled mixer for dynamic sound creation and manipulation. From the mixer output, sound travels through a Moog Ladder Filter with selectable low pass and high pass filter types.

Musical creation and programming is executed via Mother-32’s comprehensive 32-step, voltage controlled sequencer or external MIDI controller. There are two sequencing styles, allowing each user to create new musical ideas with ease and familiarity. A total of 64 patterns can be stored within Mother-32’s memory bank.

Mother-32 is an expandable analog ecosystem that allows multiple units to easily be mounted and patched together for extended synthesis capabilities."

Roland Officially Announces the Boutique Line of Mini Synths

Welcome to Roland Boutique Published on Oct 1, 2015

"Three legendary Roland synths, now available as affordable, limited-edition sound modules. Recreating the sound and user interface of the JUPITER-8, JUNO-106 and JX-3P respectively, each module is packed with hands-on controls for deep editing, while battery operation and built-in speaker lets you make music on the move. Whether connected to the optional keyboard dock, hooked up to a keyboard or used with your DAW setup, the Roland Boutique series adds some classics to your library."

"Roland Boutique Series Announced

Historic Roland synths reborn in limited-edition Compact Sound Modules

Los Angeles, CA, October 1, 2015 — The Roland Boutique series is a new, limited-edition line of compact sound modules that recreate renowned analog synthesizers from the company’s historic past. Powered by Roland’s Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) technology, the series includes three modules based on the JUPITER-8, JUNO-106 and JX-3P instruments from the 1980s. Armed with a full complement of hands-on controls derived from the original synths, each sound module can be used as a tabletop MIDI device or mounted in the companion K-25m Keyboard Unit to create a standalone compact synth.

The Roland Boutique series faithfully captures the legendary sound and response of classic Roland analog synths for modern electronic musicians. Using the proprietary ACB modeling that was first developed for instruments in the AIRA line such as the TR-8 and SYSTEM-1, the essence of the original instruments is recreated in every detail, right down to the analog component level.

Each Roland Boutique module is no bigger than a book and can run on USB bus power or batteries, providing grab-and-go versatility for computer music production and live playing. The modules also include built-in speakers, a convenient feature for monitoring the sound in mobile environments.

With the JP-08, the legendary JUPITER-8 synth is back in a compact and powerful package. Featuring 36 knobs and sliders from the original JUPITER-8 front panel, the four-voice JP-08 is highly programmable and encourages sonic experimentation. The JP-08 faithfully reproduces the original JUPITER-8 sounds and adds a few new twists in the form of extra LFOs and expanded VCO range.

Often described as one of the last great synths of the analog era, the JUNO-106 became a favorite thanks to its warm sounds and instant sound-shaping ability. The four-voice JU-06 module continues this approach, with 23 parameters controllable via the front panel and classic JUNO sound, complete with the original’s signature chorus effect. New enhancements include a faster LFO and continuously variable high-pass filter.

The JX-03 module continues the legacy of the dual-oscillator JX-3P synth. While the original featured a button-driven interface for immediate access to preset sounds, it was highly programmable when paired with the optional PG-200 controller. The four-voice JX-03 inherits all 24 knobs from the PG-200, plus the distinctive JX-3P tonal character. Added extras not present in the original synth include new waveforms, expanded DCO range, and cross-modulation options.

In addition to their unique ACB sound engines and model-specific controls, each Roland Boutique module is equipped with dual ribbon controllers and a built-in step sequencer. With their USB and MIDI I/O connectors, the modules can easily integrate with studio setups and other MIDI keyboards. Each module also features a chain mode that allows the user to connect two or more modules of the same type to increase the available polyphony as needed.
With the optional K-25m Keyboard Unit, users have the ability to turn a Roland Boutique module into a compact, all-in-one synth with 25 velocity-sensitive keys. Each module mounts in the K-25m quickly and easily, and can be interchanged with another in no time. Once in the K-25m, the module can be mounted flat or angled in two different positions for easier access to the panel controls.

To learn more about the Roland Boutique series modules, visit"

Roland Boutique Demo Videos by AudioCentralMagazine

Fiddlin' with Roland JU 06

Published on Oct 1, 2015 AudioCentralMagazine

"Fiddling with front panel controls of brand new Roland JU-06, modeled after Juno 106. No music, just front panel control checking straight out of the box..."

Novation Circuit First Look

Published on Oct 1, 2015 sonicstate

"We got a look at the Novation Circuit - a new groovebox launched today. Designed with inspiration in mind and affordability - £249/$329.
We caught up with product manager Olly in a back room at the launch"

See the announcement posted earlier today here for full details on the Circuit including a Q&A on the synth engine with Novation.

Ascension - Modular Patch by Richard Devine

Ascension - Modular Patch from Richard Devine on Vimeo.

"Patch experiment using the Noise Engineering Variatic Erumption x 2, and Minigorille CV graphic modules x 2. Clock output from the Tiptop Circadian Rhythms into the CV Graphic input 1, left side (purple). Then another output from the TipTop CR taken to the right side (siliver) CV Graphic module. Output 4 from the Tiptop CR sent to the left side Variatic Erumption (ext gate to the hit jack input) which would send very slow burst of random gates. The CV Graphic CV output (PONG sequencer mode 2) A and B would output bouncing ball like CV voltages to the Variatic Erumption CV Pattern, and Time/Division input. This created some very organic scattered sequencing taking one output that was triggering a Snazzy Fx Ardcore running custom frac drums patch.

The other output was running into a trigger input on the Mutable instruments clouds, which is causing the light granular scattering in between the beats. Another output from the V.E. running into the Noise Engineering Basimilus Iteritas, for the FM pluck like percussion sound. Next output from VE running into a 4ms RCD, random triggering spaced out burst to the clock input. From here, the output was taken (4)out to the MakeNoise Optomix set slightly open, which was running a ALM's new "Akemie's Castle" dual voltage controlled oscillator, running out the chord output (OSC A). From the Akemie's Castle the output is going into a Tiptop Z-DSP processed with the The Halls of Valhalla card running program 7 (Asgard). Mult output also taken to the Strymon Big Sky pedal running in "Chorale" mode mix completely wet for delicate melodic swells. Making the rich choral timbres. Another gate output from the Noise Engineering V.E. running into the Mutable Instruments (mystery) module. Output from here sent to the Qu-Bit RT-60 effect module, which is also being triggered (for effects program change) via by the 5 division output from the 4ms Rotating Clock Divider.

Kick drum created using the MakeNoise telHarmonic module, running into a Optomix. Snare and hi-hat sounds courtesy of two Ladik D-333 Rom players. One running the Snares card, and another running hi-hats. Both outputs being summed into the Synthrotek DLY module. The delay input being modulated by a modcan QuadLFO output 1 slow S&H. First sequenced notes via the Mutable instruments Braids running the new "HARM" additive harmonics mode. The quantization was set to "Oinian". Second Braids for other harmony running the "OPSK" smooth sine like melody, VCA mode set to on, with short decay for pluck like quality. Signal for both braids are being sent to another Qu-Bit RT-60 running program number 1-Reverb. Quantization set to "Oinian". Bassline sound created with a Intellijel Shapeshifter output 1, then being run into intellijel uVCF filter in LPF input, then the signal goes out a Qu-Bit RT-60 in program 1 Reverb.

Link to download the free track here:

Link to the Noise Engineering Variatic Erumption:
Link to the Minigorille CV Graphic Module here:"

Malekko - Scrutator

Published on Sep 28, 2015 Dennis Kayzer

"Guitar Effects Pedal Demo - Malekko - Scrutator Bitcrusher"

Update: The delay pedal is the skreddy echo.

Two New Videos of the Upcoming Polivoks Clone by Alex Pleninger

Polivoks in action 5 & 6 have been added to the main post here.

sheer drop by a bunch of freqs all FS1R Track

Skot Wiedmann's Hyve Touch Synthesizer & Interactive LED Panels Coming to the Heartland Maker Fest

Skot Wiedmann will be showing the Hyve Touch Synthesizer and his interactive LED panels at the Heartland Maker Fest in Urbana, IL set for October 3rd. The event will be at the Lincoln Square Mall from 10am – 4pm.

You'll find full details for the event including a list of makers at

Loosely Coupled Published on Jul 15, 2015 Film for the Masses

Scot Wiedmann comes in at 1:26.

"A documentary exploring the intersection of engineering and art at the University of Illinois: A prototype of a new interactive LED artwork by Skot Wiedmann inspires discussion of knowledge, beauty, and the possibilities of interdisciplinary approaches.

A Film for the Masses Documentary
Directed by Oswaldo Martínez
Produced by Robin Lin

Kevin Hamilton
Scott Carney
Jamie Hutchinson
Ankit Jain
Skot Wiedmann
Brady Salz
Lippold Haken
Johnny Duan
Serge Minin
Zuofu Cheng
Boaz Wiedmann"

Chords & Cables - Ep.1 (Trigger Happy)

Published on Apr 7, 2015 Les Frères Stefson

"This is an Icelandic production originally made for a TV on demand app called OZ TV, featuring Hermigervill and lots of vintage gear :)"

MOOG MINITAUR - Analog Bass Synth

via this auction

Modern vintage.


via this auction

How did they fit a boar in there?

Sequential Circuits Prophet 2002 Digital Rack Sampler SN 0793

via this auction

Vintage Sequential Circuits Japan Six Trak SN 0227

via this auction

"Note the DENKI SNGYO CO. LTD. badge on the back."

Roland TB-303 with Gig Bag

via this auction

G1 Clavia Nord Modular Synthesizer Keyboard

via this auction

"This is the first generation of nord's modular series as you might have seen in pictures above ,this baby has been re-painted with a slightly different red finished, unfortunately after some times the paint has worn out but as I've mentioned. This unit is in a perfect working conditions so."

Almost looks like the same sort of finish as nail polish where it's wearing around the logo on the bottom right!

Oberheim Matrix-6R Synth with Original Box & Vol 2 Patch Cassette

via this auction

"Comes with the original power cord, manual and box. I also found a cassette of 'Vol two' of original patches (not sure what I did with Vol 1.) There are some scratches consisted with the age of the unit..."

RITM III VST Soviet synthesizer

Published on Oct 1, 2015 VST4FREE

"Plug-in details and comments @"

I always wonder how close these are to the original. Are they generic synths based on SynthEdit with skins slapped on them, or are they modeled on the original. If anyone knows, feel free to comment. As for this post, just know they exist and that is interesting in itself.

The Elements of Fire (live reel to reel recording)

Published on Oct 1, 2015 Michal Patulski

"juno 6 + telemark-k + ms20 mini + akai s950"

Live improvisation with MPC 1000, OP-1, and octatrack.

Published on Oct 1, 2015 j. tomes

"this is a trial run with a new workflow, using the OP-1's built in tape function to record elements, adding drum elements sequenced live on the MPC, then sampling and manipulating them both using the octatrack.

there are no premade patterns, though i did setup some scenes and some track recorders continually sampling the sampled samples. ha. those tracks have some pre-set parameters on effects and LFO's. apart from that, it's all improvised.

the process is still quite new, so it's not perfect! quite a long take, but some ideas are worth exploring. i bumped the camera at the start of filming so i accidentally framed the knobs on the octatrack out, so it's not too clear what i'm doing... will do another one soon so it's clearer.

around the 6 minute mark i am using the MPC to trigger 'slices' from the octatrack. (bit loose, still working on this! but it works! thanks to JJOS2XL and pattern mode)"

CBMods Korg 05R/W Digital Synthesizer Module

Published on Oct 1, 2015 Waz Radar (CBMods)

3x Rotary Switches *
1x A/B Switch

Did the bending, switched the thing on, picked a random setting, pressed record and played for 5 minutes (on my trusty Yamaha QY-70).

I have been known to labour over every detail for some of my demo's, but this one was just an exercise in self composition.. the 05R/W will take you wherever it wants to go."

Roland Juno-106 Analog Synthesizer "Metropolis Boutique"

Published on Oct 1, 2015 RetroSound

"(c) 2015 vintage synthesizer demo track by RetroSound

all synthesizer sounds: Roland Juno-106 Analog Synthesizer (1984)
drums: Roland TR-808 (1982)
recording: multi-tracking without midi
fx: a bit reverb and delay"

Novation Introduces Circuit - New Stand Alone Grid-Based Groove Box

Uploaded on Sep 23, 2015 NovationTV

Novation reveals what's behind their "Start Something" campaign (previously posted here). Watching the videos I was expecting some sort of DAW software or controller. When I first saw the image of the Circuit, I thought my expectations where confirmed.  Well, it might look like another DAW controller, but it isn't. This is a stand alone production system with the synth engine built in. The engine includes two six voice Novation analog modeling synths with wavetables, a four-part drum machine, and built-in delay and reverb. Don't miss by Q&A with Novation at the bottom of this post!  The Circuit can be battery powered and has built-in speakers for full portability. All for a MAP of $329, available in October.  Full details follow.

"This is Circuit. In this performance video, Harry Coade takes us through just some of the functionality of Novation's latest release. Sequencing beats with the 4 part drum machine, playing in harmonic sections with 2 desktop poly synths, adding mixer and fx tweaks and browsing through 32 different performance sessions allows you to start something quickly."

"Sometimes, starting a track can be a difficult and daunting task. We're sure that like us, you've sat staring at a screen overwhelmed by the choice of plug-ins, struggling to write a beat that inspires you, a melody that doesn’t sound corny.

As our 'Start Something' series has illustrated, inspiration can come in many shapes and forms, from taking a break from the studio and just living life to digging through vinyl and hunting for that elusive sound to get the ball rolling.

We suffer from this problem too and wanted to create a solution. We wanted something small and portable, something that doesn't sound like a toy, something that gives maximum creative output from minimum input, something that encourages exploration and creates ‘happy accidents’. That's why we created Circuit.

Circuit is a standalone groove box that combines Nova-heritage synths with expertly sculpted drums. It’s all you need to make music anywhere. You don't need to buy three different things. With Circuit you can create an entire tune by combining up to 128 steps of synth and drum patterns, then add space, depth and energy to your music with built-in effects. It even has built in sidechain. When you’re done, save your tune to one of 32 slots.

The intuitive navigation delivers immediate results, scale modes ensure that you never hit a bum note and cleverly mapped macros deliver deeper personalisation, ‘happy accidents’ and moments of genius.

With Circuit, making a genuinely decent sounding track requires very little effort and takes minutes not hours. And because it’s battery powered you can do it all on the bus, then take it back to your studio and finish it in your DAW.

Make new electronic music quickly and easily with a standalone groove box that combines Nova-heritage synths with expertly sculpted drums.

Circuit is designed to inspire. Two Novation polysynths and a four-part drum machine, combined with an intuitive grid-based sequencer in a standalone box that will have you making electronic music in minutes. Hit some pads, tweak the knobs and your track will start to emerge, all locked in time and key. Play around with effects, patterns and sounds in real time, to produce your track, brimming with fat grooves and beats.

Compact and battery powered with a convenient built-in speaker, Circuit can be used to make music entirely on its own. In the studio it will work alongside your standalone synth gear and run in sync with your music software too. In short, it's all you need to inspire, create and play new tunes.

Ideas in Seconds. Tracks in Minutes
Circuit inspires, straight out the box. It combines a 2-part synthesiser and a 4-part drum machine with a 4x8 RGB velocity-sensitive grid sequencer, which will have you finding new musical directions and creating electronic grooves in no time.

Stand Alone
Compact and battery-powered, Circuit truly stands alone. You can create entire tunes from scratch without a laptop, then save them and play them back live. You don’t even need speakers, because it has a one built in. Of course, Circuit will plug in to your sound system and work with your computer and other synth gear too, via its Line outputs, USB and MIDI ports.

Rhythm Core Alpha for Nintendo DSi: How to do it!

Published on Sep 30, 2015 Rhythm Core Alpha

"Rhythm Core Alpha is a fun and powerful music creation system for Nintendo DSi. This video shows how to create your own music quickly and easily, explaining every step of the process. It starts with creation of a simple drum loop in a matter of seconds! Then it adds simple bass and melody parts, and shows how to build an automated chord progression. Finally, simply solo over the top of your backing tracks using the stylus.

Finally, a musical instrument for everyone!

Rhythm Core Alpha is available for 500 Nintendo Points in the Nintendo DSiWare shop.
For more info:"

The Rising Zer0 (Volca Beats & Bass, Minifooger Drive)

Published on Sep 30, 2015 HardtekStudios

"A new Volca Jam featuring the Volca Beats & Volca Bass processed by the Moog Minifooger Drive pedal."

Elektron Analog Keys Factory Patches Part 1

Published on Sep 30, 2015 perfectcircuitaudio


Elektron Analog Keys Factory Patches (Part 2)

Published on Jan 15, 2016 perfectcircuitaudio

"This video series shows off some of the many factory patches available in the Elektron Analog Keys synthesizer/sequencer. This is Part 2."

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